25 November 2012

Book Review: Gravity by Melissa West

Title: Gravity
Author: Melissa West
File type: ebook
Release date: November 20th 2012
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Sci-Fi

In the future, only one rule will matter:
Don’t. Ever. Peek.  
Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.
Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

Who knew this would be such a fun and entertaining book? 

When I started reading it I didn't expect much but it grew on me. First of all,there aren't many books about aliens out there. So far,I've only read two: I Am Number 4 and Obsidian(which was fantastic). I liked the world West created in this book. But I feel like the author could show us more involving the aliens and their culture. *minor spoiler ahead* But then again,we will probably see more of their homeland in the sequel. 

Also,the synopsis was a little bit sloppy if you ask me. Why shouldn't she peek? What is Jackson doing above her bed? Basically, this is a story about how people destroyed the Earth(no surprise there) and aliens, as they are called Ancients in this novel come and save humanity from starvation in exchange they can live peacefully with people after some time. But humans are not willing to accept the fact they will have to live with Ancients so they are trying everything they can think of to chase them away.

The second thing I liked was the main character,Ari who reminds me of June from Legend. She is tough,she can fight and she is actually nice. She is trained in combat and is set to be the new Commander(a president). She also has nice and supporting friends.But soon she meets Jackson Locke, her fellow classmate who is an alien as it turns out. Together they try to save both aliens and humans. 

This book just sucks you in and you won't be able to put it down. It's fast paced, entertaining and has likeable characters. I would recommend it to younger readers,mostly teens. But even the older ones will enjoy it,just like I did. I am looking forward to sequel. Hope it will be as good as this one was, or even better. 

3 stars

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